Finding your Why
It has been said the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why and on this very day back in 2013, a determined and courageous hen named Little Miss Sunshine was lifted from the crowded and barren battery cage that had contained her for the first two years of her life.
On this day five years ago, Little Miss Sunshine stretched her wings for the very first time, she felt the sun’s warm rays beam down upon her skin and she learned how it felt to walk upon cool, soft earth.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Dr Seuss
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we say goodbye to the adored Little Miss Sunshine. Words cannot convey the impact she has had on the world and on the lives of countless chickens. Through her too short but eventful life, from the darkness of a battery cage to a shining light touching the lives of so many, Little Miss Sunshine has been an ambassador for her kind – a role she took on with grace and charisma.
Right to the end she bravely took to the spotlight, waiting for her audience to assemble before embarking on one last walk into the sunshine. Little Miss Sunshine will be buried at Edgar’s Mission, in a place streaked by the morning rays. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences go out to the person who loved her the most, Paula Broadstock.
Three years ago today over one thousand hens were rescued from a caged egg farm. Today we celebrated Little Miss Sunshine’s Re-Birthday.
Two years ago today over one thousand hens were rescued from a caged egg farm. Today we celebrated Little Miss Sunshine’s Re-Birthday
It’s a thought exercise we pose regularly to students as part of our humane education program, ‘Joining the dots’. We ask them to write their detailed list on an A4 sheet of paper. At the same time we have Paula, Little Miss Sunshine Hen’s personal assistant, pen the many activities this inquisitive and industrious little hen got up to the previous day. But we also charge her with the additional task of writing down on another A4 sheet of paper just what Little Miss Sunshine did in her day two years ago, prior to coming to Edgar’s Mission. Amidst much chattering and scribbling the bell tolls, and it’s pens down. The children are then requested to hold up their pieces of paper while Paula holds up the two lists of LMS’s exploits. However one sheet is blank. Continue reading
Did you know chickens can count?!
This International Respect for Chickens Day Little Miss Sunshine is proud to present Bird Brain? Episode 4 – Because Chickens Count!
See more episodes of Bird Brain? here.
On behalf of hens and roosters everywhere, your kindness will make a world of difference for them. Please click on the image below for a larger picture.
And now, Little Miss Sunshine and her pals, Tina Turner, Little Bo Peep, Raggedy Anne, Rhonda Perchmore and Marilyn Monroe have all of this and more. Today we celebrate one whole year since we gently lifted each and every one of these girls, along with 1002 more of their battery hen sisters, from the cages that had imprisoned them for 18 long months as we whispered into their ears, “You are safe now.” Each day that they are with us gives us cause to celebrate, but today we celebrate just that little bit more as we say, “Happy Anniversary Little Miss Sunshine and friends!” We love you all so very much.
An extra special International Respect for Chickens Day goodnight message from Little Miss Sunshine and all of us here at Edgar’s Mission:
“Sunshine on my shoulders…
If I had a day that I could give you
I’d give to you a day just like today
If I had a song that I could sing for you
I’d sing a song to make you feel this way…
If I had a tale that I could tell you
I’d tell a tale sure to make you smile
If I had a wish that I could wish for you
I’d make a wish for sunshine all the while
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine, almost always, makes me high
Sunshine, almost all the time, makes me high
Sunshine, almost always”
If you have been in the vicinity of a television of late you may have been fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the latest heart-warming commercial from our friends at Animals Australia, which has brought the plight of battery hens into living rooms all around Australia with the thought- provoking phrase, “That ain’t no way to treat a lady”. The ad, featuring five of our nation’s much loved male comedians, is the newest addition to the world acclaimed Make It Possible campaign that is touching hearts all over and shedding new light on the creatures affected by factory farming in our country today. And while this is most certainly a cause close to our hearts here at Edgar’s Mission, this particular commercial is dear to us for another reason also. Our very own Little Miss Sunshine has been hailed as the breakout star of this campaign, charming her co-stars during filming and winning fans from all over the country as she causes her audience to pause and reflect upon how the daily choices we make dictate the way her kind will live.
And while you may believe Little Miss Sunshine’s journey toward becoming a television star began when we first received the call asking if we had a hen suitable for a commercial (did we ever!), the path to Little Miss Sunshine’s time in the spotlight was actually first paved over nine months ago when a battery hen farmer had a change of heart and made the difficult decision to exit the industry. You see, this man, who wished to secure a brighter future for all of his hens could never have known that one of those hens would then go on to be known by thousands of people around the globe. He could never have known that his one act of kindness would allow Little Miss Sunshine to touch so many hearts and perhaps cause others to think about the way we treat her kind. This reminds us that in life, sometimes we do not always directly see the results of our kind acts or good deeds, but that doesn’t mean they are not there. This incredible journey upon which Little Miss Sunshine has embarked not only reminds us all to always be kind but to choose our actions because they are the right thing to do, not because they are the ones that serve us the most.
And so, with a road trip that took her from a quiet country town, to the glitz and glamour of Sydney and everywhere in between, Little Miss Sunshine is one hen who has surely seen more than most. We are delighted to share with you today, her incredible journey to help ‘Make It Possible’. And while she may have begun her life as a battery hen, we are sure you’ll agree, there can be no doubt that our Little Miss Sunshine was born to be a star!
“Always cheerful and bright, Little Miss Sunshine tries to cheer up everyone around her and is everyone’s best friend.” These are the words penned by Roger Hargreaves to describe the ever- bubbly and jovial character, Little Miss Sunshine in his book of the same name from the popular children’s Mr Men and Little Miss series. However, these words could well have been written about our very own Little Miss Sunshine, for so true they have turned out to be. Little Miss Sunshine, our affable and inquisitive ambassador hen, has become such an integral part of the daily work of Edgar’s Mission in such an incredibly short amount of time that it is difficult to remember what life was like before she pitter-pattered her way into our world and straight into our hearts. But when we search back in our memories, it is one person’s single act of kindness only 9 months ago that left us forever changed and which turned out to be the defining moment in the life of a dear and gentle hen, who has already gone on to touch the lives of so many around the globe.
On the 8th of June 2013, a battery hen farmer had a change of heart. Seeing the creatures he kept confined within cages as living, feeling creatures rather than as ‘production units’ for the very first time, he realised he could go on drawing a profit from their suffering no longer as he made the difficult decision to exit the industry and find a better and far kinder way to feed his family. Exactly what it was that changed this man’s mind we will never know but perhaps, just perhaps it was Little Miss Sunshine herself, who peered into his eyes from within the confines of her cage and touched the very depths of his soul. And so, after receiving the farmer’s pleading call, the Edgar’s Mission Rescue Team swung into action in order to gently lift each and every one of his 1081 hens to safety, to provide them with their very first taste of freedom and to introduce them all to a life worth living.
International Women’s Day is recognised annually around the globe on March the 8th and today, two incredibly inspiring and influential Edgar’s Mission women made an enormous impact as guests of honour at the inaugural Melbourne Chicken Save rally held in the heart of the city in Bourke Street Mall. One of those women was Edgar’s Mission Founder and Director and tireless campaigner for a kinder world for all, Pam Ahern. Pam, as always, adeptly and passionately addressed Melbourne’s many commuters and Saturday shoppers as she appealed to the kindness of their hearts and encouraged one and all to pause and consider the treatment our society affords the creatures we label ‘food’ and how our own everyday choices allow this to occur. The other intelligent, confident and inspirational woman to take centre stage at the rally today was none other than Edgar’s Mission ambassador extraordinaire, rescued battery hen, Little Miss Sunshine. As Little Miss Sunshine wowed a crowd (some loyal fans and others somewhat caught by surprise to find themselves impressed by a chicken) with her repertoire of tricks, one couldn’t help but be moved by the way this gentle, fun loving creature whose life nobody was ever meant to know about, appeared to relish her time in the spotlight, as well as the many chin scratches and loving words she received as she gave a voice to the many millions of her kind who may never know sunshine or the kind touch of a human hand.
It is perhaps fitting that the official United Nations theme for International Women’s Day this year was ‘Inspiring Change’ for that is exactly what Pam and Little Miss Sunshine most certainly achieved today. And so, as International Women’s Day draws to a close we thank these two strong females for standing tall, for making us proud and for allowing us to believe that perhaps, just perhaps, we are well on our way to a kinder future after all.
Priceless! This is the only time you’ll see a real chicken in The Cruelty Free Shop! Little Miss Sunshine surprised delighted shoppers yesterday as she perused over 1500 cruelty free products at every animal lover’s dream store during their Grand Opening Week here in Melbourne. Head on in to the Cruelty Free Shop (385 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) to stock up on the kindest products on offer, including a fabulous selection of Edgar’s Mission merchandise. What are you waiting for?
Yes she is also Australian and yes she too is possessed with incredible talent, however this leading lady is unlike any other gracing the pavements of tinsel town today. She is Edgar’s Mission Animal Ambassador extraordinaire, Little Miss Sunshine! Those of you who have been following her journey will know her as the endearing and inquisitive former battery hen, who only six months ago had never seen beyond the confines of a battery cage, and who is now winning fans from all over the globe as her new and innovative video series ‘Bird Brain?’ hit the weboshpere in November last year. But recently, Little Miss Sunshine’s success has reached heights not even her number one fans and human friends here at Edgar’s Mission could have imagined possible, as last week ‘Bird Brain?’ featured at The National Museum of Animals & Society in East Hollywood, Los Angeles during the physical manifestation of the landmark online exhibit – Uncooped. And, not one to rest on her laurels, Little Miss Sunshine, along with her equally talented Animal Ambassador companions made a special guest appearance over the weekend as a part of the National Gallery of Victoria’s ‘Melbourne Now’ Exhibition. Taking time out from her busy schedule of scratching in the soil, bathing in dust and exploring the grounds of her sanctuary home and in true star style, Little Miss Sunshine wowed an adoring crowd as she displayed her repertoire of tricks before meeting many fans, young and old alike, who lined up to give her a scratch in her favourite spot under the chin and to tell her she was beautiful.
And, while Little Miss Sunshine’s recent success has been nothing short of extraordinary, the most extraordinary aspect of her whirlwind journey is the fact that, despite each individual’s unique personality, she really is no different from any of the 12 million battery hens living in Australia today. She was simply given a chance.
“Sending a huge hug to Little Miss Sunshine! The star ornament is for her because she is such a ‘superstar’ now!” This was the kind and heartfelt message that accompanied a Christmas package delivered to Edgar’s Mission during the festive season. And while we were yet again most grateful for the sincere message, thanking us for our work, it was the next line that brought tears to our eyes and a lump to our throats, “I only hope that one day there will be no caged hens or cruelty to any animal in the world.” To our dear supporter, this too is our greatest wish and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness, for strengthening our resolve to continue to fight the good fight on behalf of our animal friends and for reminding us that there are others who too share our dream of a kinder world for all. Not a day goes by that we are not touched by at least one act of kindness, whether it be one from which we directly benefit or a story passed on from another part of the globe, and it is acts such as these that confirm our belief that a kinder way of life is indeed possible. Continue reading
A Special New Year Message From Little Miss Sunshine
First of all I would like to wish a very Happy New Year to you all and to thank you for your support over the past twelve months- I know my human friends could never have achieved all that they have without you behind them every step of the way. And phew, what a year 2013 has been for me! It has been a year of many firsts, most of which were never meant for me when I was born into this world as an egg- laying hen, most of which I never would have believed possible if I had not experienced them for myself. It gives me great pleasure to share these moments with you today. Continue reading
Jacques Deval, French playwright and director was once quoted as saying, ‘God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.’ To which we would like to add, ‘Edgar’s Mission too loved the birds and gently lifted them, one by one from those cages.’ Continue reading